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UK government faces no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote Wednesday, a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by a historic margin. May is battling to save her job after staking her political reputation on a ...

EU leaders plead with UK to get its act together on Brexit

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Union leaders were pleading Wednesday with the U.K. to finally get its act together on Brexit, end internal strife and come up with a realistic plan to leave the bloc — well over two years after Britain decided to leave the ...

Kenya’s president says all gunmen killed at hotel complex

By BEN CURTIS, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's security forces have killed the Islamic extremist gunmen whose assault on a luxury hotel and shopping complex took 14 "innocent lives," the country's president said Wednesday. "All the terrorists have been eliminated," President ...

Taking stock: UK businesses brace for no-deal Brexit

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press DUNSTABLE, England (AP) — Brexit has British business owners on edge — and that is great news for Lovespace, a storage and warehousing company outside London. Lovespace, which collects boxes from customers, stores them and then returns the goods when ...

Shah’s last palace, secluded refuge in Iran, is now a museum

By AMIR VAHDAT and MOHAMMAD NASIRI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The shah of Iran's last refuge before fleeing his country in 1979 was a palatial estate nestled against the Alborz Mountains — a place no Iranian ever dreamed of visiting. Today, it costs them around $1. The ...

Zimbabwean military deploys to areas hit by fuel protests

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean soldiers have deployed to some areas of the capital where police are clashing with protesters over fuel hikes. An Associated Press journalist on Monday saw three military trucks with soldiers headed for Chitungwiza, a large suburb southeast of Harare, the ...

UK leader mounts last-ditch bid to win Brexit deal backing

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May offered both a promise on workers' rights and a reassuring letter from European Union leaders on Monday as she implored British lawmakers to support her floundering Brexit deal. But the British leader had few ...

Pompeo: US wants accountability for Khashoggi’s murder

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Trump administration expects Saudi Arabia to hold "every single person" responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi accountable, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday after talks with senior Saudi ...

36 injured in Paris bakery gas explosion

By ANGELA CHARLTON and SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A powerful explosion and fire apparently caused by a gas leak at a Paris bakery Saturday injured 36 people, including 12 in critical condition, blasted out windows and overturned cars, French authorities said. Firefighters ...

Paris, provinces brace for revived yellow vest protests

PARIS (AP) — Paris brought in armored vehicles and the central French city of Bourges shuttered shops to gird for possible violence between police and yellow vest protesters Saturday, as the movement seeks new arenas and new momentum for its weekly demonstrations. Authorities deployed 80,000 ...

In Sudan, no one is clear on what happens after al-Bashir

By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — As violent anti-government protests enter their fourth week, Sudan appears headed toward political paralysis, with drawn-out unrest across much of the country and a fractured opposition without a clear idea of what to do if their wish to see ...

US starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump's demand for a complete military withdrawal. The Friday announcement fueled concern about ...

Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse expected in Canada

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she was abused and feared death if deported back home was expected to arrive Saturday in Canada, which has granted her asylum. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would accept Rahaf Mohammed ...

Turkey appears to snub US; no assurances on Syrian Kurds

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior U.S. official trying to negotiate the safety of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria was apparently rebuffed by Turkey's president who said Tuesday there would be "no concession" in Ankara's push against what he describes as ...

Kim Jong Un travels to China ahead of possible 2nd US summit

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was expected to meet Tuesday with China's president at the start of a visit to Beijing believed to be an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a possible second summit with U.S. President ...

Nissan’s ex-chair Ghosn appears in court, asserts innocence

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — The former chairman of Japan's Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, denied any wrongdoing and proclaimed his loyalty to the company at a court hearing in Tokyo on Tuesday. It was Ghosn's first public appearance since he was arrested on Nov. 19 ...

South America bloc’s woes leave architectural gem forlorn

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO DE PICHINCHA, Ecuador (AP) — It's a gravity-defying edifice that befits the lofty ambitions of what was supposed to be a symbol of South American unity. Set against an arid moonscape on the equatorial line, two cantilevered glass wings soar ...

Gabon’s government puts down coup attempt, arrests plotters

By YVES LAURENT GOMA, Associated Press LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government has retained control of the West African country after an attempted military coup early Monday, the government said. Five army officers who took over state radio in the coup attempt have been arrested, ...

Thai police say they won’t deport Saudi woman seeking asylum

By GRANT PECK and AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand's immigration police said Monday that a young Saudi woman who was stopped in Bangkok as she was trying to travel to Australia for asylum to escape alleged abuse by her family will not be sent anywhere against ...

Britain testing ‘no-deal’ scenario as Brexit vote nears

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain is testing how its motorway and ferry system would handle a no-deal Brexit by sending a stream of trucks from a regional airport to the port of Dover — even as some legislators try to pressure the government to rule out the ...